Behaviour Management

The Practitioner in charge of Behaviour Management is ALYSIA REES (Pre-School Supervisor)

We believe that children and adults flourish best in an ordered environment in which everyone knows what is expected of them and children are free to develop their play and learning without fear of being hurt or hindered by anyone else. We aim to work towards a situation in which children can develop self-discipline and self-esteem in an atmosphere of mutual respect and encouragement. In order to achieve this:

  • all adults will provide a positive model for the children with regard to friendliness, care and courtesy and to offer strategies for handling any conflict;
  • positive steps will be taken to avoid a situation in which children receive adult attention only in return for undesirable behaviour;
  • adults in the Pre-School will praise and endorse desirable behaviour such as kindness and willingness to share.

When children behave in unacceptable ways:

  • they will be given one-to-one adult support in seeing what was wrong and how to cope more appropriately. Where appropriate, this might be accomplished by a period of ‘time out’ with an adult;
  • children will never be sent out of the room by themselves;
  • physical punishment, such as smacking or shaking, will be neither be used nor threatened;
  • techniques intended to single out and humiliate individual children such as the ‘naughty chair’ will not be used;
  • physical restraint, such as holding, will be used only to prevent physical injury to children or adults and/or serious damage to property. Any significant event of this sort will be recorded, and the parent informed the same day;
  • in any case of misbehaviour, it will always be made clear to the child or children in question that it is the behaviour and not the child that is unwelcome;
  • recurring problems will be tackled by the whole Pre-School, using objective observation records to establish an understanding of the cause;
  • adults will be aware that some kinds of behaviour may arise from a child’s special needs.